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Preamble . I am not a Tai Chi Master, not even a Tai Chi Teacher, in spite that I am holding a certificate to teach Tai Chi I have practised Tai Chi for health maintenance since 1982 - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Preamble I am not a Tai Chi Master, not even a Tai Chi Teacher, in spite that I am holding a certificate to teach Tai Chi I have practised Tai Chi for health maintenance since 1982I acquired my knowledge of Tai Chi from courses taken from various Tai Chi Masters and reading different books on Tai Chi I am a heart patient and I have had three open heart surgeries in the last seven years Tai Chi has helped me to survive the three time surgery This talk is not to teach Tai Chi but to give an introduction to Tai Chi and to share experience I should be very happy if this talk can help those wish to learn Tai Chi, to find an appropriate teacher for his own purpose TAI CHI CHUAN An Introduction

Overview Tai Chi Chuan vs. other Martial Art

Soft / Internal Focus Moving Meditation Slow Movement

Tai Chi is a body-mind exercise aims at promoting general fitness and vitality. It stimulates our immune system for maintaining good health.Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art focusing on slow, smooth movements, breathing exercise that cultivate inward focus and free energy flow. Sometimes it is called moving meditation.Most people practice Tai Chi for the development of inner calm, balance, stress relief, body control and inner strength.

Long History Worldwide Spread

Health Benefit Base for Sports Self Defense

Tai Chi Chuan How it get its NameThe name Tai Chi Chuan Is derived from the concept of Yin-Yang as expressed in the Tai Chi symbol. The symbol is perfectly symmetrical and it symbolizes the opposing yet complementaryaspects of Yin Yang Yin begins when Yang is at its maximum and vice versa

4 History and Styles Legendary figures - Zhang Sanfeng Five Major Classical Family Styles Chen , Yang , Wu/Ng , Wu , Sun Family Tree for Five Styles Modern Tai Chi Tai Chi for Health Maintenance and Improvement (Tai Chi Exercise- Morning Tai Chi in Parks) Tai Chi for Sport Competition (organized by national and local Tai Chi Associations and Schools) Tai Chi as Martial Art - Tai Chi Kung Fu (pushing hands and fighting)National Standardization (the most popular Tai Chi 24 Form, 40 Form, 42 Form)Tai Chi Chuan in Fiction 5Show contents only. Go to next foil.History and Styles Legendary figures - Zhang Sanfeng Five Major Classical Family Styles Chen , Yang , Wu/Ng , Wu , Sun Family Tree for Five Styles Modern Tai Chi Tai Chi for Health Maintenance and Improvement (Tai Chi Exercise- Morning Tai Chi in Parks) Tai Chi for Sport Competition (organized by national and local Tai Chi Associations and Schools) Tai Chi as Martial Art - Tai Chi Kung Fu (pushing hands and fighting)National Standardization (the most popular Tai Chi 24 Form, 40 Form, 42 Form)Tai Chi Chuan in Fiction

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Grand Master Zhang San Feng History of Tai Chi - Family Tree Zhang San-feng14 centuryWang Zong-yue ()1733-1795Zhang Song-xi ()Chen Chang-xing1771-1853Chen Wang-ting1580-1660Chen Style Yang lu-chan1799-1872Yang Pan-hou ,1837-1892Yang Chien-hou1839-1917Yang Style Wu Yu-hsiang1812-1880Wu/Hao Style Wu Chien-chuan1870-1942Wu Style Yang Shao-hou, Yang Zhao-Yuan,Yang Cheng-fuYangs 3 Sons,Chiu BanFu Zong-wen8 Legendary figures - Zhang Sanfeng Five Major Classical Family Styles Chen , Yang , Wu/Ng , Wu , Sun Family Tree for Five Styles Modern Tai Chi Tai Chi for Health Maintenance and Improvement (Tai Chi Exercise- Morning Tai Chi in Parks) Tai Chi for Sport Competition (organized by national and local Tai Chi Associations and Schools) Tai Chi as Martial Art - Tai Chi Kung Fu (pushing hands and fighting)National Standardization (the most popular Tai Chi 24 Form, 40 Form, 42 Form)Tai Chi Chuan in Fiction

History and Styles 9 Modern Tai Chi Tai Chi for Health Maintenance and Improvement (Tai Chi Exercise - Morning Tai Chi in Parks

Tai Chi for Competition, as a Show/Presentation (organized by national and local Tai Chi Associations and Schools )

Tai Chi for Self Defense - Tai Chi Kung Fu (pushing hands and fighting )

National Standardization Tai Chi 24 Form, 40 Form, 42 Form

P.S. Tai Chi Chuan in Fiction Benefits of Tai Chi

Common Goal is to promote general fitness, vitality, stimulate the immune system and to provide balanced exercise to each part of the body for a long healthy life.

Improve Balance and prevent falling - especially elderly and people with balance disorder problem Increase flexibility and coordination of body, hands and feet - Rheumatism patient Improve cardiovascular and respiratory function - asthma, high blood pressure, chest condition Allow relaxation of body and mind - chronic fatigue, insomnia, constipation Base for Sport Tennis and Table Tennis Horse riding and bowman standingGolfing Swing the club by proper turning of the spiral Sailiing Proper and easy standing position and apply appropriate strength in helmingDancing The figure 8 movement of the hip for Latin Dance

Principle for Practicing Tai Chi ChuanProper Posture Proper Movement Hand: peng,lu,qi,an;cai,lie,zhou,kao : ,,,,,,. Leg : Solid/Empty, Riding, Bowman stand : ,,Proper Breathing Standing Meditation Practice the forms Proper Posture Proper Movement Hand: peng,lu,qi,an;cai,lie,zhou,kao : ,,,,,,. Leg : Solid/Empty, Riding, Bowman stand : ,,Proper Breathing Standing Meditation Practice the forms

Principle for Practicing Tai Chi Chuan14Basic of Tai Chi Chuan - Posture

Hold the Head Straight with Ease Sink the Chest and Raise the Back Relax the Waist Distinguishing Solid and Apparent (Empty) Sink the Shoulders and Elbows

Movement

Use the Mind and not Brute Force Coordinate your Upper and Lower body Unify your Internal (mind) and External (body) Continuity; no Stopping Seek Serenity in Activity 15- Tai Chi Basic Stands Riding Bow Golden Cock Empty

Hand Movement ,,,,,,.

Principle for Practicing Tai Chi ChuanProper Posture Proper Movement Hand: peng,lu,qi,an;cai,lie,zhou,kao : ,,,,,,. Leg : Solid/Empty, Riding, Bowman stand : ,,Proper Breathing Standing Meditation Practice the forms

18Breathing Exercise Breath with your belly diapharmatic breathing Slow, just like Tai Chi movements are slow Full, but never forced Coordinated with the movements for great flow Breath naturally Coordinating your breath with your moves When you raise your arms, breathe in When you lower your arms, breathe out When you open your arms breathe in When you close your arms, breathe out When you push out, breathe out When you pull in, breathe in When you strike, breathe out () When you withdraw, breathe in 19Tai Chi Qi Gong Qi Gong is breathing exercise Tai Chi Chuens internal energy comes from Qi ()One cannot realize the benefit of Tai Chi without Qi GongTai Chi and Qi Gong is insperatable 20Standing Meditation Posture Hold the Head Straight with Ease Sink the Chest and Raise the Back Relax the Waist Distingu